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Cowboys en Español: La Realidad Sobre el Futuro en QB

Mauricio Rodriguez

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Sean's Scout: Dak's 1st Loss at Redskins Leaves Cowboys Losers Before Bye

El 2018 va a ser duro. Por primera vez en mucho tiempo, me sentí completamente rendido después de un partido de los Dallas Cowboys. El sentimiento que tuve después de ver a los Cowboys caer en casa contra un equipo tan mediocre como el de los Tennessee Titans 28-14 se compara al que sentí cuando en el 2015, Tony Romo se lesionó por segunda ocasión en el año en el partido de Thanksgiving.

Como lo dijo mi compañero Kevin Brady, la era de Jason Garrett tocó fondo esta semana. Aún con todos los defectos que tiene este equipo (desde Dak Prescott hasta la línea ofensiva y la falta de un tight end), el talento en el roster no es lo suficientemente malo para tener los resultados que está obteniendo hasta el momento.

Justo una temporada después de sobrevivir un 9-7 de los Cowboys, estamos viviendo una temporada en el que Dallas necesitaría irse 6-2 el resto del año para terminar con la misma marca que en el 2017. Claramente, eso no va a suceder.

Los Dallas Cowboys, aún Amari Cooper en la alineación, probablemente no mejorarán lo suficiente para darle la vuelta a su temporada. Muchas personas deben de estar en evaluación para el 2019, entre ellos los coaches, y el más interesante de todos puede que sea Dak Prescott.

Siendo el QB del equipo, Prescott se ha llevado una gran cantidad de críticas por su mal desempeño en el campo después de ocho partidos. Realmente merece la mayoría de las críticas, a pesar de que no lo catalogaría como el mayor problema en el equipo. Sin embargo, está claro que es uno importante.

Si bien Prescott sigue sin lanzar tantas intercepciones como otros en la NFL, la verdad ha demostrado no ser un QB lo suficientemente eficiente para cargarle la mano a la hora de buscar victorias. El mariscal sigue sin ser completamente preciso, no toma riesgos que debería tomar y probablemente su mayor problema: tarda demasiado en deshacerse del balón.

En muchas ocasiones, Prescott simple y sencillamente no se ha animado a lanzar el balón cuando uno de sus WR está por desmarcarse o cuando tiene la presión encima. A la hora de estar en el bolsillo, Dak ha tenido problemas de sentir lo que sucede alrededor de él, cosa que incluso ha llevado a balones perdidos.

¿Puede mejorar bajo otro coach? Si, probablemente. Ahora bien, puede también que no lo haga. Pero hay una simple y sencilla razón por la cual vale la pena darle el 2019 con otro coach como una última oportunidad para que se pruebe.

Aparte de que ya lo hemos visto tener éxito en el 2016 y sabemos que tiene más potencial de lo que ha mostrado en el campo hasta ahora. Pero me refiero a otra razón. Me refiero a la pregunta: ¿Si no es Dak, quién será el QB de Cowboys en el 2019?

Usualmente, la respuesta sería un novato seleccionado en la primera ronda del NFL Draft. Pero sorpresa, sorpresa... los Cowboys se deshicieron de ese pick por Amari Cooper. Viéndolo fríamente, Dak Prescott probablemente se quedará con el trabajo simple y sencillamente por la falta de alguien mejor.

De esta manera, el equipo corre el riesgo por un año más de jugar con Dak a cambio de la posibilidad de que el Novato del Año 2016 vuelva a su antigua forma. Si no es la respuesta, y el equipo comienza a bajar de nivel rápidamente, en el 2020 tendrían la oportunidad de ir por algún prospecto más valioso en la primera ronda para remplazar a su QB.

Claro, existe otra alternativa. Una alternativa que realmente haría que incluso los aficionados más empedernidos cuestionen el tiempo que le invierten a esta franquicia. La alternativa en la que, los Jones deciden dirigirse al 2019 con el mismo pasador y el mismo staff de coaches. La alternativa en la que la esperanza de muchos de ver a los Cowboys buscar ese sexto trofeo se acabaría tan pronto como empezará el próximo calendario de la NFL.

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I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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Dallas Cowboys: The Case For Regression In 2019

Kevin Brady

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Predicting Dallas Cowboys Roster Locks, Pre-Training Camp Edition
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It's been a few years since things around the Dallas Cowboys felt this good prior to a season. Coming off a 10-6 year in which Dallas won both the NFC East and a home playoff game before losing a one possession road game to the future NFC champions, Cowboys Nation is expecting some big things in 2019.

After all, the Cowboys went out and improved their roster in multiple ways this offseason and brought in some new blood on their offensive coaching staff. Spirits are high among Cowboys Nation, and just about everyone is anticipating a two team race for the NFC East.

But some numbers indicate we should be thinking "not so fast."

The details of the 2018 season are not as pretty as the total picture. Rarely are they ever, of course, but these particular details point towards possible regression for the Cowboys in 2019.

Basically, their point differential a year ago spells out impending doom. (That was dramatic, but let's discuss).

The Cowboys were +15 in 2018, and by pythagorean wins expectation, they were about as strong as an 8-8 team (8.53 wins to be exact). This means they won nearly 2 more games (1.47) than would be expected, fourth most in the entire NFL.

This point is furthered when looking at their record in one possession games. Dallas went 8-2 when the game was decided by 7 points or less, winning close games at a rate that is simply not sustainable year to year.

These numbers make the Cowboys a prime candidate for regression in 2019, as they were in 2017.

Why The Numbers Expect Regression, But Success For Cowboys In 2017

Back in 2016, the Cowboys outperformed their pythagorean expectation by a whole 2 wins. The following season? Dallas finished the year 9-7. The model also indicated that the 7-9 Eagles performed 2 wins under expectations in 2016, meaning they would get back on track in 2017. As we know, they ended up winning 13 games and the Super Bowl the following season.

Of course, this isn't set-in-stone, and the Cowboys very well could outperform these expectations and avoid regression. This would mainly hinge on their coaching staff and quarterback performing at an elite level, carrying them through close games and winning more games by greater than one possession.



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Newly Acquired DE Robert Quinn Brings High Expectations

Kevin Brady

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Robert Quinn
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Winning games in the NFL typically comes down to accomplishing two goals. One, being successful when passing on offense. And, two, stopping the opposing team's passing game.

The Cowboys set out to accomplish that second goal this offseason, re-signing defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, and trading for veteran pass rusher Robert Quinn. Quinn, who tallied 6.5 sacks last season for the Miami Dolphins, is one of the leagues more feared rushers when at his best. The former All Pro has multiple 10+ sack seasons under his belt, including a whopping 19 in 2013.

And, as expected, the Cowboys coaching staff is ecstatic to have such a respected pass rushing specialist on their roster.

“He’s got that first step. He’s an established pass rusher in this league, so he’s going to bring some good stuff for us.” - Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

The Cowboys acquired Robert Quinn for a 2020 6th round pick, which could end up being the steal of the offseason. Quinn has played with some top-notch pass rushers in the past, and each time they have brought out the best in his own game.

Back with the Rams in 2017, when Aaron Donald was on the same defensive line, Quinn got to the quarterback 8.5 times. And, last season, he remained consistent in his sack totals playing alongside Cameron Wake. Now he joins a DeMarcus Lawrence who has 25 sacks over the last 2 seasons.

"I think it was kind of one of those where I get to have fun, pin my ears back and just disrupt the backfield, which is what they want us to do." - Robert Quinn told NFL.com. 

Quinn and the always dominant Lawrence will form an impressive defensive end duo on passing downs, with the potential to be one of the best in all of football. Dallas is also hoping to add Randy Gregory into this mix, a piece which could prove vital late in football games if he is able to return from his current indefinite suspension.

Whether or not Gregory finds his way back onto the field, though, this defensive front will be in good hands. The edge combo of Quinn and Lawrence, combined with a plethora of skilled interior rushers such as Maliek Collins, gives the Cowboys a fearsome defensive line which should keep quarterbacks uncomfortable every Sunday.



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Can Rookie OL Connor McGovern Compete For A Starting Spot?

Kevin Brady

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Connor McGovern

Raising eyebrows in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cowboys added Penn State offensive lineman Connor McGovern to their already deep OL depth chart.

McGovern, who played guard for the Nittany Lions, was reportedly by-far the best player remaining on the Cowboys draft board when they came on the clock in round three. Still, with seemingly more pressing needs yet to be addressed, Dallas' selection of McGovern was certainly a surprise.

When you watch the tape, though, you immediately see what the Cowboys loved about Connor McGovern.

A "plug-and-play" type guard, Connor McGovern is the type of rookie you'd expect to contribute in year one. On many teams he may be a candidate to start at guard or center from the beginning of his rookie season, but here in Dallas, his role for the 2019 season is somewhat in question.

Clearly, being a day two pick, there's no doubt that McGovern will make the Cowboys roster. But can he compete for a starting job?

During OTA's McGovern took reps at both guard and center, pointing towards the possibility of him being the first interior offensive lineman off the bench if one of the starters were to go down with an injury. Fellow interior linemen Joe Looney and Xavier Su'a-Filo each contributed in big ways during the 2018 season, however, and will be tough to beat out during camp.

Obviously McGovern won't be starting over All-Pros Travis Frederick and Zack Martin, but could he dethrone Connor Williams from his left guard position?

While possible, I would still say it's unlikely. The Cowboys selection of McGovern seems to be more about 2020 and beyond than it is about the 2019 season. With right tackle La'el Collins coming up on a contract year, Dallas might elect to let him walk in free agency, move Williams back to his college position of tackle, and slide McGovern into the left guard slot.

This seems fool-proof in theory, but this many moving parts across the offensive line could spell trouble early on in 2020. Regardless, Connor McGovern's arrival gives Dallas the flexibility to consider all options on their offensive line.

In reality, McGovern strengthened a strength for Dallas, and may be needed to prove himself as early as this Fall if injury issues arise.



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